‘Ruskin’s Good Looking’ Drawings By Sarah Casey

6 February – 7 April 2019

Ruskin thought of architectural and natural ornament as forms of dress which simultaneously cloak and reveal. References to textiles and clothing occur throughout his work and he famously inspired the local linen industry with the production of Ruskin Lace. Sarah Casey applies Ruskin’s ideas about drawing, looking and appearance to explore the details of his own clothes, many items of which survive at Brantwood. Sarah has been artist in residence at Brantwood through 2018. Her show, which includes work on Ruskin’s christening robe, will open in time to mark the 200thAnniversary of Ruskin’s birth on 8 February 1819, and his christening 13 days later.

Sarah makes drawings which test the limits of visibility and material existence. Her delicate and elusive drawings ask: at what point does visibility disappear and drawing become immaterial? Her practice reflects a fascination with the unseen, untouchable and unspoken. Sarah Casey is Lecturer in Sculpture and Installation at Lancaster University. For more information visit her website.


Caption: Absence and presence in John Ruskin’s clothing.  Drawings by Sarah Casey


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  • Location Brantwood, Coniston,  Cumbria  LA21 8AD
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